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Latvia has stopped Russia's victorious move

Latvia has stopped Russia's victorious move

With a very strong game in the second half, Latvia defeated Russia with 84:69 (12:15, 22:29, 18: 8, 32:17) in the Derby in Group D of Eurobasket 2017.

The Baltic Republic was lagging behind with 10 points after the first half, but with excellent team play and great defense, it made a complete turn to triumph with 15 points. The Latvians, however, needed a win with at least 17 points if they wanted to have real chances for the first place in the group, as they would now have to rely on Serbia for losing any of its remaining two matches against the UK and Belgium to get to the leading position in the group.

For Russia this was the first defeat since the start of the championship after the three successes to date. The heavy loss, however, means that the Russians will probably end up in third place in their stream.

The Istanbul junction began badly for Latvia, with the big star of the Crystas Poringis team not playing at all. New York Knicks' wings had problems shooting, and even before the break he made four personal misconduct, which was sent for long time to the bench by coach Ainars Bakatskis.

However, the second half was completely different and Latvia had a crushing advantage. The European champion for 1935 was led by guard Yannis Tima, who finished the meeting with 22 points. Poringis and Rolands Smiths added 11 points for success. At the same time, the Russians wandered on the pitch, their shot did not enter, and the many defensive defenses allowed the opponent to make easy points from the penalty line. Russia's top scorer in today's match was Alexei Swede with 21 points, and Timothy Mozzov finished 16 goals.

In Group A, Slovenia continues without loss after achieving a fourth consecutive victory, this time over Iceland with 102: 75 (23:25, 37:18, 21:16, 21:16).

Slovenians had difficulty only in the first quarter, but before the break they managed to accumulate a solid advance of 16 points, which increased with a little more in the second half.

Goran Dragic finished with 21 points for the winners, while Yaka Blažic finished 15th. For Iceland, Martin Hermanson scored 18. For Bulgaria's rival in the world qualifying, this was the fourth loss of four games so far, and so the Icelanders dropped out of the European Championship as the upcoming match with Finland will be fully protocolal for them.

Another of Bulgaria's rivals in the World Cup qualifiers - the Czech Republic - also placed a serious questioning on the eighth finals after receiving a third loss.

In Group C in Cluj-Napoca, the Czech Republic retreated to Montenegro with 75:88 (17:24, 17:25, 21:29, 20:10).

Nikola Vučević finished 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Montenegrins, who with this success found their place in the next stage.

Nikola Ivanovich also scored 17 points for Montenegro, while for the Czech Republic Washington Wizards guard Tomas Sattorans finished 13 points and 11 assists. His teammate Patrick Auda was the most successful for the Czechs with 14 points.

Sixth Day European Men's Basketball, Fourth Round Matches:

Group A, in Helsinki:

Iceland - Slovenia 75: 102 (25:23, 18:37, 16:21, 16:21)

Poland - France

Greece - Finland

 

temporary ranking:

1. Slovenia 4 4 0 351: 306 8 points

2. France 3 2 1 294: 252 5

3. Finland 3 2 1 254: 252 5

4. Greece 3 1 2 249: 234 4

5. Poland 3 1 2 259: 241 4

6. Iceland 3 0 3 276: 398 3

 

Group B, Tel Aviv:

Ukraine - Lithuania

Italy - Germany

Israel - Georgia

 

temporary ranking:

1. Italy 3 2 1 220: 192 5 points

2. Germany 3 2 1 222: 202 5

3. Lithuania 3 2 1 243: 225 5

4. Georgia 3 1 2 217: 232 4

5. Ukraine 3 1 2 217: 234 4

6. Israel 3 1 2 203: 237 4

 

group C, in Cluj-Napoca:

Czech Republic - Montenegro 75:88 (17:24, 17:25, 21:29, 20:10)

Croatia - Spain

Romania - Hungary

 

temporary ranking:

1. Spain 3 3 0 283: 166 6 points

2. Croatia 3 3 0 217: 188 6

3. Montenegro 4 2 2 292: 298 6

4. Czech Republic 4 1 3 287: 334 5

5. Hungary 3 1 2 191: 212 4

6. Romania 3 0 3 176: 248 3

 

group D, in Istanbul:

Russia - Latvia 69:84 (15:12, 29:22, 8:18, 17:32)

Great Britain - Serbia

Turkey - Belgium

 

temporary ranking:

1. Latvia 4 3 1 355: 317 7 points

2. Russia 4 3 1 296: 296 7

3. Serbia 3 2 1 244: 231 5

4. Turkey 3 1 2 231: 226 4

5. Belgium 3 1 2 234: 258 4

6. United Kingdom 3 0 3 252: 284 3